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Bridesmaids: Astrologically Inspired Options for Choosing Them

Choosing bridesmaids can be touchy. But what if you knew what kind of maids your friends and relatives would be before you picked? Check their signs!

Are you finding the prickly process of picking your bridesmaids almost as tricky as choosing your fiance? Have you consulted everyone from your mom to a psychic hotline, all to no avail? Don't hang your head in defeat -- lift your eyes skyward and let the sun, moon, and stars help you decide on your attendants. Depending on your friends' astrological signs, certain characteristics may mean they're perfect for certain bridal party duties and imperfect for others. Read on!


Aries

March 21-April 20

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: enthusiastic, romantic, energetic, self-assured, a born leader, supportive, ambitious
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: impulsive, boastful, easily bored, impatient, temperamental, hot-tempered, intimidating
She'd Be Great At: acting as unofficial (or even official) wedding planner because of her take-charge attitude
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: easily accept a rejection of one of her ideas -- be prepared to put your foot down and be equally prepared for her temper tantrum

Taurus

April 21-May 21

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: loyal, loving, dependable, supportive, creative, a good cook
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: stubborn, rigid, uncompromising, cheap, selfish, unimaginative, boring
She'd Be Great At: helping you pick the menu for the reception and throwing the tastiest bridal shower ever
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: let you even think about spending a little more than you planned for the wedding food -- she'll nag you right back into your budgetary range with her penny-pinching mentality

Gemini

May 22-June 21

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: funny, witty, clever, comical, charming, exciting, inventive
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: fickle, erratic, capricious, non-committal, confused, superficial, flirtatious
She'd Be Great At: coming up with original games for your bridal shower or giving the toast at your wedding reception
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: not flirt with your betrothed or do calendar flip-flops when scheduling bridal party activities

Cancer

June 22-July 23

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: kind, sensitive, protective, sympathetic, perceptive, shrewd with money, generous, loyal, loving, sincere
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: passive, cowardly, fearful, weak, nonconfrontational, sullen, pessimistic
She'd Be Great At: being your best wedding confidant, the maid of honor or bridesmaid you can trust to tell all your deep, dark bridal secrets and fears, knowing you'll get some good advice in return
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: look on the bright side of things, even when you really need her to, or let you know when she's unhappy with something, because she tends to clam up rather than 'fess up

Leo

July 24-August 23

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: charismatic, poised, strong, romantic, optimistic, magnanimous, generous, sentimental, an admirer of all things beautiful, creative, driven, determined, vital
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: childish, bossy, domineering, self-centered, arrogant, temperamental, needy, restless
She'd Be Great At: helping to unite factions of friends and relatives from both bride's and groom's sides into one big, happy wedding family
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: be low-maintenance, because your Leo bridesmaid needs to be told she's special and that she's doing a FABULOUS job 24/7

Virgo

August 24-September 23

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: intelligent, thoughtful, kind, loyal, responsible
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: self-righteous, sanctimonious, critical, petty, cold, distant, closed-minded during arguments, a brown-noser, and obsessed with order, cleanliness and control
She'd Be Great At: taking on a bridal-party duty that you really fear won't get done (i.e., confirming the flower order, keeping track of the marriage license, etc.) -- when you put such tasks in the hands of your Virgo bridesmaid, consider them done
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: not be a control freak about absolutely everything -- that's like asking a zebra to lose her stripes

Libra

September 24-October 23

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: romantic, affectionate, poetic, loving, sensitive, poised, well-mannered, charming, witty, intelligent, deliberate, creative, thoughtful, open-minded
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: superficial, self-indulgent, fickle, indecisive, insecure, prone to feeling sorry for herself
She'd Be Great At: helping you write original wedding vows
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: stop complaining about how unsexy she thinks she looks in her bridesmaid dress, or to stop complaining about how miserable HER love life is

Scorpio

October 24-November 22

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: sympathetic, intuitive, understanding, deeply caring, loyal, ambitious, powerful, profound
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: possessive, jealous, sadistic, dishonest, moody, gloomy, sarcastic
She'd Be Great At: helping you cope with the sticky situations that often come with weddings, like how to handle your new mother-in-law -- she has an amazing knack for putting things in perspective
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: enjoy sharing you with the others in the bridal party --- she may resort to white-lie telling in order to make herself your favorite bridesmaid

Sagittarius

November 23-December 21

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: exuberant, funny, fun, enthusiastic, generous to a fault, lovable, wise, philosophical, benevolent
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: superficial, capricious, flighty, a promise-breaker, immature, and has a bad memory
She'd Be Great At: throwing you a couple shower to remember -- just imagine the joy of not having to PRETEND that you're having a good time
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: remember to bring the ring to the ceremony

Capricorn

December 22-January 20

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: dependable, conscientious, dedicated, enduring, responsible, a take-charge kind of gal, strong, serious
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: snobbish, superficial, money-obsessed, less-than-honest, self-righteous, and sometimes uses people
She'd Be Great At: volunteering to help you out in any way possible all through the wedding process, accepting tasks that would make lesser bridesmaids shudder
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: keep her often snooty opinions about everything you've chosen for your wedding (from your husband-to-be to her bridesmaid dress on down to the reception napkins) to herself -- she can be so shallow at times

Aquarius

January 21-February 19

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: honest, objective, understanding, not at all ego-driven, a seeker of the truth
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: cold, analytical, emotionally erratic, manipulative, gossipy
She'd Be Great At: helping you wedding-dress-shop, because she'll give you the real skinny on whether a particular gown is (or isn't) flattering
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: keep your prenuptial pregnancy a secret

Pisces

February 20-March 20

At Her Bridal-Party Best, She's: a dreamer, romantic, creative, intuitive, compassionate, emotional
At Her Wedding-Party Worst, She's: an escapist, non-communicative, confused, self-centered, insensitive
She'd Be Great At: helping you plan your fantasy honeymoon
Think Twice If You'd Expect Her To: not try to grab the spotlight from time to time (why should the bride get all the attention anyway?!)

Photo: Hilary Hopkins Photography

-- Robin Sayers

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